Prominent Christian leader former Federal Minister and Convener of World Minorities Alliance Julius Salik has expressed deep sorrow over loss of valuable lives in the PIA plane crash. Julius Salik issued a press release calling for a fair inquiry into the incident. He demanded that those found responsible must be punished and efficacious steps should be taken in order to thwart such incidents in future.
“All the perpetrators must not go unpunished,” he Julius Salik stated. At the same time he urged the authorities to look into the matter and make sure that such incidents do not take place in future. In the press release Julius Salik also expressed deep sorrow over the incident and offered condolences to the bereaved families.
“This incident is deeply distressing, famous religious scholar Junaid Jamshed and his wife were also among 47 passengers who had lost their lives in this tragic incident.” This is an irreparable valuable loss, he stated. This incident is a clear indication of the negligence of the PIA administration, and those resources available are outdated and are not functioning properly. He censured the government saying that it is utter negligence on part of the government to overlook the problems of Pakistan International Lines (PIA).
Furthermore, he called upon the authorities to carry out fair investigations into the incident. He prayed for comfort and peace for the families who had lost their loved ones in the tragic incident. “May God protects our country from such incidents in future,” prayed.
The flight had crashed near Abbottabad with 48 passengers on board. The flight number PK 661 took off from Chitral and was en route to Islamabad and was met with an accident Wednesday, December 7. “PIA aircraft ATR-42 (AP-BHO) crashed near Havelian at 1642 hours, 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer were on board,” PIA’s spokesperson stated yesterday.
However, recently a PIA press release stated, “On the directions of chairman and CEO PIA an amount of Rs500,000 cash is being given to the next of kin of all 47 persons who lost their lives in the tragic ATR crash, to meet funeral expenses.”
“District managers have been directed to personally visit the residences of the deceased and hand over the amount in cash. This will be followed by a comprehensive compensation package as per law,” it added.
In this regard Azam Saigol chairman Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) stated that the nine-year-old plane was examined during a detailed inspection in October and was given a green signal as “technically sound.” He further added that “Our focus now is to retrieve all the dead bodies,” at the same time vowed that a full investigation will be carried out into Flight PK-661.